Have you been injured in a motorcycle accident?
A motorcycle accident can leave you injured or unable to work. In some cases it can leave you physically disabled for the rest of your life. In the worst case scenario, it can even lead to someone's death. When a motorcycle accident happens because of someone's negligence, the suffering party deserves compensation for their loss.
It is important that you have a knowledgeable and caring team of motorcycle accident attorneys who will fight for you. Our team can help you receive compensation for your pain and suffering.
There are many types of damages that can accompany a motorcycle accident lawsuit that may be recoverable. Some of those damages include:
- Medical Care Coverage
- Inpatient care
- Follow-up care
- Physical therapy
- Prescription medications
- Other treatment-related expenses
- Other Economic Losses
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning capacity
- Out-of-pocket expenses
- Non-Economic Losses
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Let Us Review Your Case for Free
If you suffered from a motorcycle accident, the team from The Law Offices of Betz and Baril can take legal action on your behalf. We pursue compensation for you, building a strong case on your behalf. Our team conducts a full investigation to learn the facts of your case. As a part of this investigation, we identify and collect:
- Medical bills
- Tax forms and wage statements
- Any proof of your pain and suffering
- Other documentation of your losses and expenses
Talk to a Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one suffered from a motorcycle accident, the team from the Law Offices of Betz and Baril is here to help. We offer free case reviews and can help you understand your legal options. We handle all personal cases on a contingency fee basis, so you won't owe us anything unless we recover compensation for you.
Motorcycle Safety Tips
- Always wear a helmet- Choose a helmet that displays the DOT label, which indicates that it meets federal standards.
Know your limits- Motorcycles are not toys, and we all need to know our limits when riding these kind of motor vehicles and not take our safety for granted.
- Watch Speed- Follow posted speed limits and drive at a safe speed based on the conditions at the time.
- Keep a safe Distance- No one likes a tailgater and it takes longer to stop using two wheels verse four years.
- Use both Brakes- use both brakes when braking and never grab the front brake by itself.
- Be Seen- Avoid blind spots and always use your headlights and if you are in doubt use the headlights as it makes the motorcycle easier to be seen by other drivers.
- Signal- Use your signal when making turns so that the driver behind you does not run into the back of you and cause damage to you or your motorcycle.
Five most common types of motorcycle accident injuries
Unfortunately, drivers who have been in a motorcycle accident have a much greater chance of suffering serious injuries or catastrophic injuriesthan they would in car accidents.. The fact the motorcycle riders are exposed without any sort of body protection makes the injuries more severe. Motorcyclists are 28 times more likely than car drivers and passengers to die in an accident on a per-mile basis. Even if motorcyclists survive, the injuries are generally more severe. Those who have been injured in a motorcycle accident will need the help of an attorney to help them recover for their injuries in an accident settlement or lawsuit. Here is some more information on motorcycle accident injuries.
The good news is that the number of motorcycle injuries has been on the decline since 2007, even if the number of fatalities is on the rise. After peaking at 103,000 injuries in 2007, the number of motorcyclists who were hurt in 2015 has dropped below 90,000. This is roughly one percent of the registered motorcyclists in this country. The issue with motorcycle injuries is their severity.
Road rash is an injury risk that is unique to motorcyclists because of the way that they may come into contact with the pavement. Sometimes, the angle of the crash may cause them to slide across the roadway. While motorcyclists may be wearing some form of protective clothing, often there is little to protect the body from road rash.
This occurs when the pavement comes into contact with the skin. Concrete can scrape away the skin and severe injuries can resemble burns in their impact on the skin. Severe cases of this injury may require skin grafts to repair. Part of the problem with road rash is that when the skin is scraped away, debris can lodge itself in the body. If not treated properly, this can result in a serious infection that can lead to a loss of a limb and even death.
A majority of motorcyclists wear helmets while riding their bikes to try and prevent brain injuries and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI). This helps keep some injuries from becoming deaths, but there is still the prospect of serious brain injury that can result from a motorcycle accident injury. Helmets may also keep head injuries from becoming traumatic brain injuries.
When the head comes into contact with the pavement, possible injuries range from lacerations to concussions to something worse. Brain injuries can have lasting consequences such as impacting the ability to speak or other functions that are vital to daily life. Brain injuries will usually result in an increased amount of settlement. These injuries can result in the need for extensive rehabilitation or steep long-term healthcare costs. Head and neck injuries make up nearly a quarter of all injuries that result from motorcycle accidents.
Motorcyclists are more likely to injure legs and injure feet than any other part of their bodies. The Center for Disease Control studied over a million motorcycle injuries and found that nearly 30 percent of the injuries occurred to the lower extremities. Riders' legs are the closest to the ground and the legs may be the first thing to come into contact with the pavement in a crash. When the bike rolls over, it will often fall on top of the driver's legs. This will result in a higher chance of a fracture. The fibula and tibula are at risk of suffering breaks in a motorcycle crash. Riders may also suffer ligament damage based on the way that their legs may bend when they are falling. The other major injury risk is a laceration from either the bike contacting the leg or from road rash.
Spinal Cord Injuries
For those who survive a motorcycle crash, Spinal cord injuries may be the most severe injury possible. When the head hits the pavement, not only can there be traumatic brain injury, but there can also be a spinal cord injury. Unfortunately, helmets do not protect much against spinal cord injury because there is still an impact that impacts the neck. Indeed, helmets may shift some of the risk of injury from the head to the spinal cord.
Spinal cord injuries can and will result in paraplegia or quadriplegia. Ultimately, this will cause paralysis, which can be temporary or permanent depending on the individual circumstances. Spinal cord injuries will almost always involve significant long-term costs, both in terms of additional care and lost wages.
Almost one in seven motorcycle injuries are to the thorax. This is the chest area and can be the sternum or the ribs. These injuries can be dangerous because the ribs can puncture other parts of the body that are nearby. They can injure internal organs that are close to the ribs. Other injuries can also result from the chest area including collapsed and punctured lungs. There can be other complications after these injuries including pneumonia and infections.
I have been in a motorcycle accident, what should I do?
Call Betz and Baril, today at (865) 888-8888 for your free consultation with our team and of you do not do that call another motorcycle accident attorney because the insurance companies will be doing everything to minimize the value of your claim..